Why should I know David M. Buss?

David M. Buss is an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin, theorizing and researching human sex differences in mate selection.

Books by David M. Buss

Quotes by David M. Buss

“Academics are, on average, pussies.”

David M. Buss

“From an ancestral woman's perspective, hazards from the environment, other species, and importantly, other humans, could render her mate debilitated or dead. A bite from a poisonous snake, an incapacitating disease, or an attack from a warring group could decrease her partner's mate value.”

David M. Buss

“In a fascinating study, Barrett (1999) demonstrated that children as young as three
years of age have a sophisticated cognitive understanding of predator-prey encounters. Children from both an industrialized culture and a traditional hunter-horticulturalist culture were
able to spontaneously describe the flow of events in a predator-prey encounter in an ecologically accurate way. Moreover, they understood that after a lion kills a prey, the prey is no longer alive, can no longer eat, and can no longer run and that the dead state is permanent.
This sophisticated understanding of death from encounters with predators appears to be developed by age three to four.”

David M. Buss Evolutionary Psychology

“Killing is fundamentally in our nature because over the eons of human evolution murder was so surprisingly beneficial in the intense game of reproductive competition.”

David M. Buss

“Men in the past who were indifferent to their partners having sex with other men are not our evolutionary ancestors.”

David M. Buss Evolutionary Psychology

“Monogamy is probably enforced because society is mostly comprised of beta males.”

David M. Buss

“My hunch is that people have these low-level assessment mechanisms going on all the time. So they meet someone new and question whether they, as an alternative, would be more attractive than their existing partner.”

David M. Buss

“Sincerity in personal advertisements is a code word for commitment, used by women to screen out men seeking casual sex without any commitment.”

David M. Buss The Evolution of Desire

“While love is common, true love is rare, and I believe that few people are fortunate enough to experience it. The roads of regular love are well traveled and their markers are well understood by many - the mesmerizing attraction, the idealization obsession, the sexual afterglow, the profound self-sacrifice, and the desire to combine DNA. But true love takes its own course through uncharted territory. It knows no fences, eludes modern measurement, and seems scientifically woolly. But I know true love exists. I just can’t prove it.”

David M. Buss The Evolution of Desire

“Women who are too easy to attract are perceived as less desirable.”

David M. Buss